FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/6/2021
TO NEW BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED
(Albuquerque, NM) – The Veterans Integration Centers is happy to announce they have elected two new members to their Board of Directors to continue helping Veteran families in need.
Robert O’Leary; Rob O’Leary’s father was a career Naval officer, which meant the family moved every few years, with Albuquerque being his last assignment prior to retirement. Raised to believe in service to his country, Rob was drafted in 1968, and assigned to 101st Airborne Division where he deployed to Vietnam as a finance clerk. Lucky to not be injured like many of his fellow Soldiers, Rob returned to New Mexico after receiving an Honorable discharge in November 1970.
The Manzano High School graduate then attended UNM, earning a degree in Biology, and subsequently graduating from the UNM School of Pharmacy where he received his Doctorate in Pharmacy in 1984. His career included positions as a pharmacist at St. Joseph Medical Center and Presbyterian Hospital as Infectious Disease Pharmacist over a 37-year career. A lifetime New Mexican for over 44 years, Rob brings a lifetime of knowledge, experience, and critical thinking to the VIC Board. He has helped with numerous community drives helping those less fortunate over
the years and is passionate about helping those in need.
Theodora “Teddy” Parker; With a father who served in the U.S. Army, and a mother who served with the American Red Cross in the Philippines under General MacArthur during WWII, Teddy understands and honors the importance of selfless service. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Berea College, and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kentucky, where she
used her skills and knowledge as a social worker and court advocate for children in the State welfare system. Relocating to Los Angeles in 1977, Teddy worked as assistant to award-winning writer/director Joseph Wambaugh, and was part of the team of talent agents who helped launch the early career of “Breaking Bad” star, Bryan Cranston. In 1983, Teddy entered the world of television commercial production, winning numerous awards for ‘hit’ infomercials and short-form commercials.
In 2009, she moved to Albuquerque and worked for national research firm NORC before joining Blue Cross/Blue Shield as a Recovery Support Assistant where she helps homeless and very low-income clients — many of whom are Veterans — find resources and treatment options for those suffering from substance abuse and other mental health challenges. As a member of the VIC Board, she brings vast experience in social work and mental health to help support the complex work that is critical to helping change the lives of our Veterans in New Mexico.